WAVERLY, Iowa – It was a fitting finish to a stellar career.
Recently graduated senior Madison Haasz closed out her throwing career for the Heidelberg University track & field team on Saturday with a runner-up finish in the hammer throw at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. After barely qualifying for the finals in 9th place, Haasz set a new personal and school record on her 5th attempt, earning her a 2nd place finish. The All-American finish for Haasz was the fourth of her career, tying the most by any woman in Heidelberg track & field history.
Haasz opened her afternoon with a throw of 52.12 meters, but after failing to improve on her second attempt, she was sitting right on the line of the nine qualifiers for finals. On her third throw, she improved with a throw of 53.29 meters, just barely qualifying her for finals in 9th place.
Once in the finals, Haasz seemingly found her groove, as her first throw of 54.92 meters quickly moved her up to fourth place at the time. Her next attempt turned out to be the biggest of her career, as a new PR of 57.71 meters (189'4'') moved her into second place. Haasz would foul on her final throw, but her 57.71 meter throw stood up for a runner-up finish to champion Whitney Simmons of UT-Tyler, who won the event with a throw of 59.13 meters.
"Madison had a fantastic day," said head coach Joe Yoder. "She scared us a little in prelims, but we knew if she could finish one, she would be in a good spot, and she did not disappoint."
The All-American finish for Haasz was the fourth in her career, capping off a tremendous four years at the Berg. On top of Satuday's finish, she also earned All-American honors in last year's hammer throw, the indoor shot this past winter, and the outdoor shot put on Friday. That ties her with Judy Bataille for the most All-American finishes in Heidelberg women's track & field history.
"It's been a privilege and an honor to work with Madison the last four years," said Yoder. "She has done so much for our program and we can't thank her enough. It was fantastic to be able to send her out on such a high note."
Haasz will have her name seen throughout the record books at Heidelberg, setting a high standard for those who will follow in her footsteps. She departs holding the school record in the indoor shot put (14.57 meters), weight throw (17.44 meters), outdoor shot put (14.15 meters), and the hammer throw (57.71 meters).